“The moms will be seated at tables and given 4 to 5 minutes to talk to each partner before moving on to the next.
I will give them suggestions of what to ask each other a couple of times during the event—'What’s the craziest thing you’ve done due to sleep deprivation?
(Henry, six months), a stay-at-home mom from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. I feel like an underachiever.” Probably not a match. (unnamed kids, ten and thirteen) slid in across from Lee I. ” Two women who’d bonded over the Cry It Out philosophy jumped in front of the sequinned photo backdrop. “It was nice to meet you,” she said to her tablemate.
“If I see someone breast-feeding at the park, I think, Oh, good, she’s not a nanny,” she said. K., but then she starts badmouthing vaccines and I’m, like, Red flag! Others hit the bar for another round of Long Island Iced Teas.
The very goal of the Longest Shortest Time, according to Frank, is to give moms a safe space to celebrate and learn from different parenting choices, rather than to judge each other.
“I thought dating was over once you find your life partner, but that’s not the case.
You go to these playgrounds and play dates looking for moms you can spend your time with—someone who’s going through the same hellish-but-wonderful time as you are—but there’s embarrassment and anxiety about reaching out and trying to connect with other moms,” said Hieatt.
Mom speed dating events are popping up all over the country—from the busy streets of New York City to the small towns of Texas.
Robin Hieatt, a mom-of-two from Manor, Texas, says she started Moms Matched a few months ago after growing tired of awkward attempts at connecting with other moms at play dates and parks.